I stumbled across Nora, when I say stumbled I literally mean it. I got off the local bus to photograph a tower on the end of the peninsula which I had seen from the beach at Pula. I quickly realised I had come across one of the largest tourist attractions in Sardinia, Nora is an ancient Roman and pre-Roman town. It is believed to be the first town founded in Sardinia and to have been settled by the ancient Nuraghi people. However after colonisation by Phoenicians and a period of domination by Carthage, the town came under Roman control after the conquest of Sardinia in 238 BC. The columns in the photograph above were particularly hard to photograph as people were crowding round them to have their “tourist style” pictures taken. I think I had a couple of tourists hidden behind these large columns. It was a very hot day when I took this photograph but I have dozens that I would like to share from this day. Stay tuned.
After a week of putting up with archive photos, and a month of lesser images whilst I saved money I can now announce I spent the last week in Sardinia, a large Italian island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. I was lucky enough to stay in the fantastic Sant’ Efis Hotel in the town of Pula on the south east coast. The hotel was on the beach, (behind some palm trees) and this is the view from Nora looking back toward the hotel. I have had an amazing week of eating, sunbathing and photography. Many more photographs of Sardinia will follow.
I had obviously read and seen a lot of information about Venice before I went but it wasn’t until flying home that I saw this, the Lido. It is an 11 mile long sandbar which is where a lot of Venetians go for their summer holidays, or at least that was traditionally where they went. Aerial photography has always been something of interest too me even though I rarely get the opportunity to take pictures from a plane.
This photograph was taken from the top of St. Mark’s Campanile, a bell tower in St. Mark’s Square – the main square in Venice, Italy. The weather wasn’t great as there was a lot of sea fog around so this was the best I could do. The photographs from Venice were the first time I used a DSLR camera, the Canon 300D was used which was my dad’s camera at the time.